Open HTML files

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Have you encountered a problem with a HTML file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a HTML file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your HTML file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is HTML file?

An HTML file, often found with the extension htm, is a hypertext markup language file. Html is a text-based markup language (markup: award), which is mainly used for websites.

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In addition to the actual content to be displayed on a web page, an HTML file also includes awards for how to display and structure something. For example, HTML also includes images on the website and defines which text is a link and where it should lead.

Generally you can open HTML files with any text editor, but of course you only get to see the pure source code. For better readability, one should use a text editor with programming language recognition (eg Notepad ++) or use a real web page editor. HTML files can also be opened and edited with Microsoft Word or Open Office Write, but it is not recommended.

A web browser is sufficient to display a HTML file as a web page. Embedded files, such as images, must be in the location referenced in the HTML file for correct representation. Web browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer also create a HTML file by saving a web page along with a folder that contains the images and other elements.

Programs which can open a HTML file

How to open file with HTML extension?

In order to open a file with HTML extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening HTML file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with HTML files, follow the instructions below.
Install Adobe Dreamweaver or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening HTML files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support HTML files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of HTML files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Adobe Dreamweaver as the default program for opening HTML files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate HTML files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Adobe Dreamweaver applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Adobe Dreamweaver has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with HTML files

Sometimes problems with opening HTML files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • HTML files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open HTML files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • HTML file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)